I am sure that those responsible have their own very good reasons for organizing a tame 3-3 draw, but it's not exactly a great advertisement for team chess. What was the idea from St.Petersburg's point of view? I presume that it was decided that they were unlikely to win by a big enough score to overtake their rivals, but still, it isn't chess is it?
|Pre-round ranking||Team (White on odds)||Result||Pre-round ranking||Team|
|1||ShSM-64||3-3||2||SPb Chess Fed|
|3||Economist-SGSEU-1||3.5-2.5||6||Chigorin Chess Club|
Eljanov (Economist 1) lost at the beginning of his game on a technicality (did his telephone go off? or, was he just late? we'll no doubt find out in a day or so) and this put pressure on his team-mates. Two of whom eventually won, Wang Yue and Tomashevsky to ensure a narrow win over Chigorin Chess Club.
Here are the standings after round 8, with tomorrow's game remaining.
|Ranking||Team||ELO average||Match points||Game points||Top board|
|1||ShSM-64||2700||14||31.5||Boris Gelfand 2750|
|2||Economist-SGSEU-1||2704||12||30.5||Wang Yue 2749|
|3||SPb Chess Fed||2700||12||29.5||Vasily Ivanchuk 2748|
|4||Yugra||2689||10||26.5||Alexander Grischuk 2756|
|5||Ural||2618||9||25.5||Ian Nepomniachtchi 2656|
|6||Tomsk-400||2687||8||26||Ruslan Ponomariov 2737|
|7||Etude-Contact||2555||6||22.5||Igor Khenkin 2597|
|8||Chigorin Chess Club||2584||6||19.5||Ildar Khairullin 2617|
|9||Economist-SGSEU-2||2548||3||16.5||Alexander Kovchan 2595|
|10||BelGU||2493||0||12||Alexander Ivanov 2481|
For more information official tournament site
It will help to be able to read Russian as the English version is out-of-date!